China launches French-made communication satellite

China successfully sent a French-made communication satellite “APSTAR-7” into orbit with a Long March-3B carrier rocket launched from the southwest Xichang Satellite Launch Center Saturday evening.

Monitoring data indicated that the satellite separated from the carrier rocket and reached its designated geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) 26 minutes after its launch at 6:27 p.m..

Produced by Thales Alenia Space for Hong Kong-based APT Satellite Company Limited, the satellite is set to replace the APSTAR-2R, a member of the APT star system currently in orbit.

APSTAR-7 is able to provide TV transmission and satellite communication services to Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Australia and Europe, as well as live TV broadcasting and trans-continental communication and broadcasting services to China, the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa.

Xinhua

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